In the wake of last night’s suicide explosion that killed 22 people and left scores more injured at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester - Britain’s worst terror attack in a decade – the people of the city came together like only they know how:
Taxi drivers offered free fares to whisk people to safety, hotels gathered stranded children, home owners offered beds for the night to displaced concert affected by cancelled trains from nearby Victoria Station, and many ordinary people caught up in the chaos raced to help the brave people of the emergency services.
But if that were not enough to stir the soul, you only had to look at social media to realise that Manchester wasn’t alone as tributes began pouring in on social media from across the globe.
Not least from entertainment, including many performers who will have played at the Manchester Arena themselves at some point in time:
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017
No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017
Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) May 23, 2017
In total shock and absolutely devastated about what's gone down in MANCHESTER sending Love and Light to all the family's involved LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 23, 2017
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017
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My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrific act in Manchester. We need to do better. We need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) May 23, 2017
Broken hearted for the families tonight. Broken hearted for Ari. Broken hearted for the state of this world. 😔— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 23, 2017
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 23, 2017
Sending all my love to every single family at the Manchester show last night. So upsetting— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) May 23, 2017
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND— Cher (@cher) May 22, 2017
Performers from stage and screen also offered their support:
My heart and prayers go out to Manchester tonight so so tragic!🙏🙏❤️️❤️️— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) May 23, 2017
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 22, 2017
Sending prayers to the people of Manchester. I'm heartbroken for the lives lost and all the families suffering right now— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) May 23, 2017
Many others, including actor Eddie Marsan, were quick to thank the brave men and women of the emergency services, who ran straight into the face of danger and attended to the injured.
My thoughts are with those who've suffered in Manchester tonight. Thank you Emergency services & people of the city for fantastic response.— Eddie Marsan (@eddiemarsan) May 22, 2017
Meanwhile, over in LA, a visibly moved James Corden addressed the tragedy after the taping his Late Late Show, delivering a heartfelt love letter to Manchester in which he reminded Americans that while they may have never been to the city they will have felt its impact.
One other LA-based Brit who attempted to send positive vibes to the city was Minnie Driver, who helped get #RoomForManchester trending in a bid to help friends and families find a bed for the night:
Driver, ever excellent on Twitter, was also quick to squash skewed news agendas from the US conservative media before it even began, scalding one controversial news host in particular for spreading falsities and stoking fear:
The Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood, was from Kent, you hate-spewing hand pump. https://t.co/8loKkIzB6I— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) May 23, 2017
We couldn’t have put it any better ourselves. For now though, our thoughts remain with those affected by yesterday’s horrific incident.
If you are concerned about loved ones caught up in the incident in Manchester, the emergency number to call is 0161 856 9400.